Lumina Networks acquired the Brocade software-defined network (SDN) controller in 2017. The SDN controller is now known as the Lumina SDN Controller and its foundation is OpenDaylight (ODL.) project’s SDN controller. Kevin Woods, Lumina’s vice president of product management, told SDxCentral that Lumina has a particular advantage because its “SDN controller based on OpenDaylight can manage both the physical and virtual from the same platform.”
An SDN Controller is the “brains” of a network that uses southbound application programming interfaces (APIs) to direct traffic and data to switches/routers. It applies northbound APIs to send applications and business logic to intelligent networks.
What is the Lumina SDN Controller?
Powered by OpenDaylight, the eighth release of Lumina’s SDN “leverages Cisco XRv routers via segment routing (BGP-LS and PCEP), White box switches via OpenFlow, Pseudowires and a multi-protocol path computation engine using PCEP.”
The OpenDaylight foundation of the Lumina’s SDN Controller is comprised of three parts:
- Service Abstraction Layer
- Southbound control interfaces to connect switches and routers via protocols such as network configuration (NETCONF), OpenFlow, Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), and Open vSwitch Database (OVSDB).
- Northbound APIs to support applications
Lumina also incorporates two other technologies that grant enterprises control in enabling SDN technology to meet unique use cases, enhance network scalability and stability, and prevent vendor lock-in. The Lumina SDN Controller uses the Flow Manager software to identify and execute end-to-end service over a multi-domain environment through both white box switches and network functions virtualization (NFV). The controller also incorporates NetDev. The latter technology assists enterprises in multi-vendor interworking, and it allows a provider to enable SDN using agile development methodology.
A Summary of the Lumina SDN Controller:
According to its datasheet, other features include:
- A tested and vendor-supported SDN Controller.
- An open-source code with an upstream development community without forking.
- A variety of southbound plug-ins and northbound applications.
- Support for a wide-ranging selection of orchestration tools and virtual infrastructure managers (VIMs).
- Licensing and support programs